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Residents
Ajahn Pasanno (Abbot)

Ajahn Pasanno took ordination in Thailand in 1974 with Venerable Phra Khru Ñāṇasirivatana as preceptor. During his first year as a monk he was taken by his teacher to meet Ajahn Chah, with whom he asked to be allowed to stay and train. One of the early residents of Wat Pah Nanachat, Ajahn Pasanno became its abbot in his ninth year. During his incumbency, Wat Pah Nanachat developed considerably, both in physical size and reputation. Spending 24 years living in Thailand, Ajahn Pasanno became a well-known and highly respected monk and Dhamma teacher. He moved to California on New Year's Eve of 1997 to share the abbotship of Abhayagiri with Ajahn Amaro. In 2010 Ajahn Amaro accepted an invitation to serve as abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England. Ajahn Pasanno is now the sole abbot of Abhayagiri.
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Ajahn Yatiko

Ajahn Yatiko was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1968. He had a strong interest in religion from childhood and after a few years at university decided he needed to find a spiritual teacher, as opposed to an academic one. He was on his way to Tibet for ordination, but the plane stopped off en route through Bangkok. While having lunch in a Bangkok restaurant, a few Thai laymen sat down to join him and recommended that he visit Wat Pah Nanachat, in Ubon. Owing to their high praise of Ajahn Chah, he decided to investigate. Shortly thereafter, Ajahn Sumedho was visiting and Ajahn Yatiko was inspired to pursue monastic training at Wat Pah Nanachat. After training there as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera, Ajahn Yatiko took Bhikkhu ordination in 1992. He spent 17 years training in several forest monasteries in Thailand before coming to live with the Abhayagiri Saṅgha in January, 2008.
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Ajahn Karuṇadhammo

Ajahn Karuṇadhammo was born in North Carolina in 1955. He was trained as a nurse and moved to Seattle in his early twenties where he came in contact with the Theravada tradition. In 1992, he helped out with a monastic visit to the Bay Area and spent two months serving a winter retreat at Amarāvati Monastery in England. Ajahn Karuṇadhammo made the decision to ordain while visiting Thailand in 1995. He asked if he could be part of the prospective California monastery (the then unnamed Abhayagiri) and was part of the original group that arrived at Abhayagiri on June 1, 1996. After training for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera, he took full Bhikkhu ordination in May, 1998 with Ajahn Pasanno as his preceptor.
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Ajahn Jotipālo

Ajahn Jotipālo was born in 1965 in Indiana. He received a B.A. from Wabash College and worked for six years in technical sales. He became interested in Theravada Buddhism after sitting several Goenka retreats. While on staff at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, he met Ajahn Amaro and Ajahn Punnadhammo. After leaving IMS, he spent three months with Ajahn Punnadhammo at the Arrow River Forest Hermitage in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Ajahn Jotipālo came to live at Abhayagiri in 1998 and subsequently spent two years training as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera. He ordained as a Bhikkhu with Ajahn Pasanno as preceptor on Ajahn Chah's birthday, June 17, 2000. Since that time, Ajahn Jotipālo has also stayed at Ajahn Chah-branch monasteries in Thailand, Canada, and New Zealand. He has returned to Abhayagiri for the vassa of 2012.
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Ajahn Ñāniko

Ajahn Ñāniko hails from Northern California. At age 20 he read "A Still Forest Pool" by Ajahn Chah and decided that he would like to take Bhikkhu ordination. Ajahn Ñāniko began training at Abhayagiri in 2001. After training for a year as an Anāgārika and a year as a Sāmaṇera, he received Bhikkhu ordination on July 13, 2003. He spent his third year training in Thailand and returned to live under the guidance of Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro until after his fifth year. Ajahn Ñāniko returned to Thailand for the next four years, spending most of his time at Wat Pah Poo Jom Gom, a remote monastery in Ubon Ratchathani province, overlooking the Mekong River and Laos. He returned to Abhayagiri in 2012.
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Tan Ṭhitābho

Tan Ṭhitābho was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1985. While attending the University of Arizona and working on a Bachelor of Fine Arts, he began reading about Buddhism and practicing meditation. At that time, a strong interest to ordain arose in him, and after discovering the western branch monasteries in the Ajahn Chah tradition, he came to visit Abhayagiri in August of 2004. Tan Ṭhitābho continued to stay on at the monastery and after training for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera, he received the higher ordination, becoming a fully ordained Bhikkhu on April 22, 2007. Tan Ṭhitābho spent one year training in Thailand from 2009-2010 and is now living at Pacific Hermitage.
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Tan Kasappo

Tan Kassapo was born in Vietnam and raised in Guangdong, China. Beginning in 1998, he lived in the Los Angeles area, where he became interested in Buddhism. After visits to various monasteries, he decided to explore monastic life. He was a member of the lay support team during Abhayagiri's 2005 Winter Retreat, during which time he decided to request to undertake the Anāgārika training. He returned to Abhayagiri in May, 2005 and subsequently trained for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera. Tan Kassapo received the higher ordination, becoming a fully ordained Bhikkhu on July 14, 2007 with Ajahn Pasanno as his preceptor. After spending a year training in Thailand, he returned to Abhayagiri in 2010.
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Tan Cunda

Tan Cunda was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and moved to California in 1996. After graduating from college, working and living abroad, he began practicing Buddhist meditation. Seeking a quiet, uncomplicated and peaceful life, he began living at Abhayagiri in late 2005. Tan Cunda trained for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera before ordaining as a Bhikkhu on May 22nd, 2008 with Ajahn Pasanno as his preceptor.
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Tan Kaccāna

Tan Kaccāna was born in 1976 in Cincinnati, Ohio. While he was in high school, his parents introduced him to the practice of meditation as taught by Śri Ecknath Easwaran. After graduating from Harvey Mudd College, he moved to Berkeley to pursue graduate study in physics. In Berkeley, he continued daily meditation practice, went on retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and participated in the Abhayagiri Upāsaka program. Realizing that monastic practice might be of great benefit to himself and others, Tan Kaccāna came to Abhayagiri a month after completing his PhD. After two years in training as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera, Tan Kaccāna received the higher ordination and became a Bhikkhu on October 26, 2008, with Ajahn Pasanno as his preceptor.
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Tan Ṭhitapañño

Tan Ṭhitapañño was born in 1983 in Washington, DC and spent much of his childhood in the surrounding suburbs. While in college he developed an interest in spirituality and began to meditate daily and attend retreats. After graduating, he decided to pursue his spiritual aspirations by becoming a lay resident at the Bhāvanā Society Forest Monastery and Meditation Center in West Virginia. After living at the Bhāvanā Society for a little more than a year, Tan Ṭhitapañño decided to explore his interest in monastic life by visiting different monasteries. Upon arriving at Abhayagiri, he felt he had found the right place and subsequently trained for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera. Ajahn Pasanno and the Abhayagiri Saṅgha gave Tan Ṭhitapañño Bhikkhu ordination on June 13, 2009.
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Tan Kovilo

Tan Kovilo grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and developed an interest in meditation after graduating from high school. He has had many good friends and teachers and is happy to have the opportunity to live at Abhayagiri. Tan Kovilo trained for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera, taking Bhikkhu ordination on July 18, 2010 with Ajahn Pasanno as his preceptor. He spent his third year as a Bhikkhu training at Wat Pah Nanachat (and its branch monasteries) in Ubon, Thailand before returning to Abhayagiri in July, 2013.
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Tan Pamutto

Tan Pamutto was born in New Jersey, USA, in 1983 and grew up in the Midwest. After high school he held several jobs. He spent four years in the military as a linguist until his discharge in September 2007. Following this he toured Asia for eight months, where he encountered Theravāda Buddhism in Thailand. Returning to the U.S., he discovered Abhayagiri Monastery and came for a visit in May 2008. Tan Pamutto stayed on, training for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera before taking Bhikkhu ordination on July 18, 2010. Tan Pamutto returned to Abhayagiri in October 2013 after spending his third year as a Bhikkhu with Ajahn Viradhammo at Tisarana Buddhist Monastery in Ontario, Canada.
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Tan Khemako

Tan Khemako was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1959 into a large Catholic family and received his primary education from priests and nuns at the local Church-run school. His long-standing interest in the core questions of philosophy and religion led him to begin lay Buddhist practice in 1997. As his practice and faith in the Dhamma increased, his interest and involvement in lay life waned. Tan Khemako trained for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera, ordaining as a Bhikkhu on June 2, 2012 with Ajahn Pasanno as preceptor.
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Tan Pesalo

Tan Pesalo was born in 1978 in Tokyo and grew up in South Pasadena, California. While studying theater at UCLA, he found a book about Buddhism on a friend’s shelf and immediately resonated with the teachings. Upon graduating, Tan Pesalo accepted an invitation to travel to Thailand. After enjoying a ten-day meditation retreat, he spent time at monasteries in Thailand and Southern California. Before coming to Abhayagiri, Tan Pesalo lived in Berkeley and served as the director of an after school program. After training for a year as an Anāgārika and almost a year as a Sāmaṇera, Tan Pesalo was ordained as a Bhikkhu on June 2, 2012 with Ajahn Pasanno as preceptor.
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Tan Sudhīro

Tan Sudhīro was born in Seattle in 1987. An interest in the workings of the mind led him to study psychology at Oregon State University. During this time, he was introduced to Buddhism through a philosophy course comparing the lives and teachings of Jesus and the Buddha. A growing fascination with the Buddha's teachings led Tan Sudhīro to begin Buddhist study and practice. Shortly after graduating, he visited Abhayagiri and was deeply moved by the teachings and the community. He came to Abhayagiri in early 2011 and took Bhikkhu ordination on June 16, 2013.
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Sāmaṇera Suhajjo

Sāmaṇera Suhajjo was born in Southern California in 1986. Although he did not have an affinity for religion, he stumbled upon the Buddha's teachings in high school and they resonated deeply for him. It was not until attending college in San Jose, California that he became interested in comparative religion and meditation. With his interest in Buddhism rekindled and questions about life still unanswered, he decided to explore an alternative to the home life he was living. This led him to the teachings of the disciples of Ajahn Chah and to Abhayagiri. He went forth as an Anāgārika on April 28, 2012, and took Sāmaṇera ordination on May 5, 2013.
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Anāgārika Anthony

Anāgārika Anthony was born in 1979 and raised in Nashville, TN. He gained a strong interest in the teachings of the Buddha after the death of his brother, David in 2004. Following the death of his father in 2006, he sought out ways of developing his understanding of Dhamma. This eventually led him to a degree program at the Graduate Theological Union/Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA. After graduating, he decided to pursue monastic training and arrived at Abhayagiri in December 2012. He went forth as an Anāgārika on May 5, 2013.
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Anāgārika J.R.

Anāgārika J.R. grew up in Maryland. He became interested in Buddhism at the age of 18. After listening to Dhamma talks and reading a few books, he decided to pursue ordination in the Thai Forest Tradition at age 20. He visited Abhayagiri for the first time in June, 2012 and went forth as an Anāgārika on July 30, 2013.
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Debbie Stamp

While traveling in Nepal, Tibet and Thailand in 1987, inspired primarily by the devotion witnessed in the Tibetan people, Debbie took her first retreat in Thailand, hoping to learn a little about Buddhism. Passing through England on her return to the USA, she visited Amaravati Monastery and spent almost a full year between Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries, gaining a bit more understanding of this path. Involved with the Sanghapala Foundation since its inception, she moved to the monastery in 1998, initially living on the neighbors' property which was, in turn, offered to the monastery in 2002.
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Beth Stef

During travels in Asia in 1979, Beth was inspired by visits to Bodhgaya and Sarnath. She began formal meditation practice in New Zealand in the mid 1980s with retreats in the Mahasi style, continuing with these after her move to Australia. The Dhamma became a central focus in her life after her husband's death in 2004. She returned to Asia, sat retreats in Burma and Malaysia, and realized her keen interest in the Ajahn Chah tradition. She lived at the Bhavana Society in the US and Vimutti Monastery in New Zealand and was live-in manager at the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Center near Sydney, Australia. Her first visit to Abhayagiri was in November 2011. She appreciates the varied schedule, encouraging continuity of practice and the strong emphasis on community harmony.
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